Dear readers, I’m happy to introduce this debut novelist to you today.
BIO: Rebecca DeMarino lives in the Pacific N.W. with her husband Tom. She enjoys travel, hiking, baking, genealogy and gardening. Her debut novel,
in His Heart, is a historical romance inspired by her ninth great-grandparents,
Barnabas and Mary Horton, and is book one of The Southold Chronicles.
Welcome, Rebecca. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I think there are little pieces of my heart in all my characters, really. I think writers cannot help but do that. But I have two sisters, and I think there is a lot of all three of us in Mary and Lizzie.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
My husband and I went to
New York to pick up an airplane he bought on
Ebay. We flew it from New York to Oregon in the middle of
January! It took us over ten days, many of which were spent sipping cocoa while
watching snowflakes fall in the little terminals across the country. He thinks
this is completely normal. I think it’s a little quirky. But I have to admit it
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I had an inkling my senior year in high school when I took a creative writing course. But I didn’t give it another thought until I took my mother on a trip to find our past, and I found a story I couldn’t help but write.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love the classics, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Anna Karenina,
to name a few. I love a good suspense and historicals, especially with romance.
I’ve read almost all of John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks and Jane Kirkpatrick
books. Other keepers on my bookshelf right now are: Julie Lessman, Lori Benton,
Carrie Turansky, Margaret Brownley, Anita Higman and I could go on because
there are more on my shelves, but they wouldn’t all fit in this answer! But I
love the novels being published today for the CBA, and I think Christian
fiction is filling a need in a way it never has before. Wuthering Heights
Getting out in nature to walk, jog or hike. I live in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, with mountains, rivers, forest and lakes. So inspiring! But even a walk in the garden relieves stress, clears my mind and that’s when some of my best writing ideas start playing in my brain!
How do you choose your characters’ names?
I write about my real-life ancestors, and I use their real names. Sometimes that is tricky because in the 17th century the English names were pretty much Mary and Elizabeth, Joseph and Thomas. So I had to improvise with a couple, giving them middle names. Mary likes to call people by nicknames, so that helped give variety. I made up the name for Wauwineta, my fictional Native American woman, but Mary likes to call her Winnie and I liked that, too.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Helping my dad finish his own novel, The Stagecoach Murders, after he suffered a stroke. I typed, he dictated the last four chapters. It was a slow process because his speech was affected. He knew exactly what he wanted to say, but it didn’t always come out that way. That gave us a few laughs along the way!
Yes, I loved featuring your father and his novel on this blog. And I enjoyed reading his story. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A horse – they are poetry in motion, which I am not!
What is your favorite food?
Mom’s apple pie, still warm from the oven. It’s a tradition in our family.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Dealing with the day-to-day interruptions of life. Some were major interruptions, like when my father became ill. Others just small inconveniences. I think it’s about setting priorities. For me, it’s making a list the night before of the things I need to do the next day. Seeking God in the morning. Knowing my faith and family come first. And then being diligent in sitting at the desk and writing.
Tell us about the featured book.
A Place in His Heart is a historical romance based on the lives of my ninth great-grandparents. Set in the 1600’s, the story begins in
they cross the pond. This is the first of a three book series, The Southold
Chronicles, which find the Hortons on Long Island.
Barnabas is a Puritan, a baker and a widower of two young sons. He grieves
deeply for the loss of his wife, but knows he must find a mother for his two
little boys. Mary is a young Anglican maiden, on the verge of being forced into
an arranged marriage with Robert. She longs for love and a family, but she
knows she will not find it with him. They are two tender hearts, who take a
leap of faith and wed, cross an ocean and work together to establish a new
home—and a legacy—but will she ever find the secret places of her husband’s
Please give us the first page of the book.
October 21, 1630
Wooden ships languished in the
lolling to and fro, like oxen taking a mud bath. The murky water lapped at the blackened
oak as Papa’s words washed over her once more.
Mary Langton leaned over the crumbled stone wall and buried her face in her arms. How long she wept she could only guess. Someone moved beside her, but she could not bear to look—could not bear to face anyone. She turned her tearstained face eastward to the great port.
After an eternity, she pressed a handkerchief to her reddened nose and cast a sideward glance. “Papa.” She straightened and turned from him. What use would a discussion be?
Her sister approached and hope rose in her heart. An ally, perhaps? No, Lizzie stepped aside, apology evident in her eyes.
Papa’s voice was strained, with a sadness she’d not heard since her mother had died. “You shall come to know that I am right, my girl. You might not agree with me today, but you shall see.”
“You are wrong about that . . .”
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you so much,
for inviting me for this interview! It’s been fun!
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